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Two Birthday Cakes

Two Birthday Cakes

by Danielle Jaku-Greenfield
Illustrated by Lindi Greenfield

Sydney Mediation Partnership

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This simple yet effective children's self-help book is the brainchild of Australians Danielle Jaku-Greenfield and Nicky McWilliam, Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners and co-founders of Sydney Mediation Partnership, with the first book in the series being written by Danielle.

In the course of her work, Danielle recognised that there was a real need for a book written from a child's perspective to help introduce newly-separated children to shared parenting.

Parents can even pick up a tip or two when reading this book to their child, with gentle reminders to be cooperative with their ex-partner, and ensure that the children are given their own sense of belonging and security no matter where they are living.

With charming illustrations by Lindi Greenfield that the kids can even colour in, this book leads children from the upset of their former unhappy family life to a better place where everyone is more settled and things are still okay - even if they are very different.

Illustration from Two Birthday Cakes

Two Birthday Cakes by Danielle Jaku-Greenfield is priced at $19.99, and available from Sydney Mediation Partnership

Go to Sydney Mediation Partnership to buy online

About the Author

Danielle Jaku-Greenfield, BMedia LLM FDRP, is a writer, lawyer, mediator, lecturer and mother, and co-founder of Sydney Mediation Partnership with Nicky McWilliam, Facilitators, Mediators and Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners read more...

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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the


are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.


plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a


or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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